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Research Article  |   November 1987
Using Technology to Control the Environment
Author Affiliations
  • Ruth Dickey, MA, OTR, is Chief of the Occupational Therapy Department, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, One Gustave L. Levy Place, New York, New York 10029
  • Susanne H. Shealey, MS, OTR, is Clinical Specialist, Communication Enhancement Clinic, Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. She is also a consultant for Prentke Romich Company, Wooster, Ohio
Article Information
Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Features
Research Article   |   November 1987
Using Technology to Control the Environment
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1987, Vol. 41, 717-721. doi:10.5014/ajot.41.11.717
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1987, Vol. 41, 717-721. doi:10.5014/ajot.41.11.717
Abstract

Over the last 5 years, technological advances have resulted in specialized technical aids, such as electronic communication devices, computer input devices, and environmental control systems, which have made it possible for many persons who are severely physically disabled to enjoy greater functional independence within the home, school, workplace, and the community. This paper focuses on environmental control systems and discusses how occupational therapists match environmental control systems with clients’ needs.